TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good brew from Dogfish Head. This beer in my opinion conforms exactly to the syle definition of Dry Stout, significant maltiness but with significant hoppiness as well. The style standard is said to be Guiness, but this is better in every respect. The aroma is gorgeous with coffee, roasted malt, and Dogfish's wonderful hop varietal. The brew pours with the classic stouts, with the bubbles descending the glass. Beer is dark brown and there is light brown head that fades away. There is no significant lacing. Flavor is action packed with a lot more hops than one would expect. There is no good reason not to spend quality time with this brew, and there are many good reasons to invest.
Aurelius (4637) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Odd, but this was a big disappointment to me. Kinda stinky vinegar stout aroma. Flavor is an acidic assault at first, and actually goes lemony and herbal on me, with just whiffs of chocolate and anything else. I'm thinking that it's oat twang, amplified by coffee. Nice poofy tan head, lousy label. I'm not a coffee drinker, so perhaps I'm missing something that's obvious to everyone else. Somehow a propped-up initial mouthfeel (oats?) which gives way to a surprising wateriness.
aracauna (3236) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Ok, my bottle said that the beer would have a bone-white head. Either theyíre stupid or it was a joke because this head is a nicely foamy medium tan. The body is a nicely opaque black. The aroma is a nice blend of coffee, black chocolate, licorice, charcoal and something that may or may not be chicory. Not really strong nose. The flavor is surprisingly reserved and balance. Iím used to Dogfish Head stuff being over the top, but this is actually reserved, but just a little more flavorful than the typical stout. The body is surprising thin considering the color. Iím not always a Dogfish fan since Iím not always impressed with over the top for over the topís sake, but this is a tasty beer.
PorterPounder (6143) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts off with a clean, sweet, minty aroma. Thick, black as night appearance with a thinly laccing mocha colored head. Initial sweet flavor with some coffee undertones. Finish has a bit of a "dirt" character to it - but does not ruin this excellent stout.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and black with a good strong smokey/coffee aroma. Very smooth and rich flavor, with a slight bitterness. Nt a very heavy stout, but still very tasty.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a creamy head. The aroma is nice: coffee, smokey, and licorice. Flavor is smooth with a slightly bitter finish (from the chicory maybe)? Very good but a little weak on the mouthfeel.
GregClow (2975) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark brown colour with a small tan head. Pleasing aroma of roasted coffee with some smoke and hop notes in the background. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly creamy. Flavour is initially a nice combo of coffee, chocolate, malt and licorice, but the finish is unpleasantly sour and astringent.
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was impressed by the taste and complexity of this one. Has a lot of chocolate/cofee taste that mixes well. Will buy again.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2003 I was rating this last night, but the rainstorm knocked the lights out. So I handwrote it. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a jet black liquid with no head unless agitated. Light can not penetrate this beer. Head is caramel-copper colored that disapates quickly, with little remaining. Aroma is a stong, sweet cherry with molasses and slight malt with slight rubbing alcohol. This dark beer calls out to me - DRINK ME!! Flavor is of slight cherry followed by a deep, dark, rich, roasted coffee aftertaste. I don't like coffee, and I don't know the details of coffee - but this I like!! Very easy to drink and no hint of alcohol taste. Overall, a great beer for after dinner. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color was very dark brown and had a solid froth of light tan hues. Smell was nice, little smokey, some hop presence, cocoa, and grainy wild rice maybe. Taste was a little watery and not solid enough for a stout for me. It has some smokey grain, coffee thing going on, nice hints, but not enough for an eyebrow raise. Felt a bit creamy and finished a tad lighter then I was expecting. Some bitterness from the hops and a hint of smoked grain or cocoa lingers. Its just below a good stout in my book. Could be bolder and thicker. Actually wouldn't serve bad for a summer stout.